Tuesday June 12th 2012
It’s funny how the human mind, (well, mine anyway), works. One minute you are wondering when winter is going to finish, and then winter becomes something relegated to the darkest recesses of your memory. It’s been a bit like that at the moment.
We were wondering whether we were ever going to have a breeding season this year, possibly due to the persistent cold weather. It is fair to say that it was late in commencing. We now do appear to have made up for lost time.
It would appear that the Boobook Owls in the Main Display have owlets. We don’t know how many as yet, but the male is taking a morning feed to the nest box, always an encouraging sign.
The Laybourne aviary is also teeming with new life. I mentioned our success with Long-eared Owls in previous blogs, but we also have Little Owlets as well as several clutches of White-breasted Barn Owls. Food intake in the Laybourne has gone up significantly.
It’s been a fortnight since my last blog due to the fact that it was the Jubilee Week as well as the Festival of Fools last week. All the outside staff were manning the various stalls in all weathers. This didn’t give me much time to write a blog. There was an official World Owl Trust gazebo on the front lawn as well as by the wildlife pond. As an interesting aside, I manned the ‘jousting’ stall, ably assisted by volunteers Sophie Holden and Rick Bacon. As far as the weather was concerned, we had definitely drawn the short straw, as there seemed to be an above average amount of ‘precipitation’; our stall being the only one without a shelter. At least the rain had held off on Monday, as there was a charity concert on the front lawn, although there had been many ‘gatecrashers’ in the form of a legion of midges armed with ‘bazookas’.
See you next week
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